29.03 — 27.04.2008
‘The Photographer´s Wife’ by Laura Heyman
The images in Laura Heyman's series present a female subject gazing intimately at the camera, suggesting that the artist is making images of their lover. As Heyman embodies both roles at once, this creates a fictionalized photographer as well as a fictionalized subject. The model/subject's job is always performative - she must be able to portray not only the true self, but also the ideal. In the case of these photographs, however, the problem is slightly more complicated. As the model/subject, Heyman must convey not only the true self and the ideal, but also reflect back to the viewer an imagined photographer/husband.
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